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Apatow Teams With Key And Peele For Movie Deal

Annie Lloyd |
November 13, 2013 | 12:32 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele in their critically-acclaimed sketch show "Key & Peele" on Comedy Central (Facebook)
Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele in their critically-acclaimed sketch show "Key & Peele" on Comedy Central (Facebook)
We’re living in a glut of comedy TV. Good or bad, on real TV or on the web, comedy now dominates the entertainment landscape. Some people wonder if too many late-night shows are on the air, NBC has made plans to resuscitate the American Comedy Awards and this season’s new comedies haven’t suffered too much from lower ratings. How does a comedian (or two) set him/herself apart in this world of ubiquitous jokes?

Enter Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The two men (formerly of “MadTV”) premiered their sketch comedy show on Comedy Central back in January of 2012. The show opened to great reviews, with many critics praising their hilariously honest take on race relations. Since that fateful first season the duo has made it to a fourth season renewal and made a show-stealing sketch for the ESPYs. They’ve even entered development for an animated show with Comedy Central. 

Key and Peele seem on top of the world. What more could they possibly do? Partner with Judd Apatow, apparently. 

Deadline reports how Key and Peele have made a deal with Judd Apatow and Universal Pictures to write a comedy feature as a vehicle for the two comics. This would mark the first film starring opportunity for both Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Both have made cameos or have held supporting roles in comedies like “Wanderlust” (also produced by Judd Apatow) and “Hell Baby” but haven’t front lined a film the way they do on their show. No details have arisen about the subject matter of the film, but according to Deadline Apatow thinks “Key and Peele are capable of making the movie that America desperately needs right now.” This could mean anything from making a film to catalyze compromise within US bipartisan politics to making a film where Key and Peele kill the “What Does the Fox Say?” meme once and for all. America has a lot of needs.

Hearing these comments from Apatow basically guarantees the movie will succeed. The prolific writer/director/producer has held some position on most of the best comedy features of the past decade. Recently, though, Apatow hasn’t been the writer for one of his movies since “This is 40” came out last winter. Instead he’s keeping very busy as a producer. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” comes out in December after months of elaborate marketing. He executive produced “Can a Song Save Your Life?,” one of The Weinstein Company’s many acquisitions at TIFF. “Girls” will enter its third season in January, with Apatow keeping his post as executive producer and occasional writer. Key and Peele don’t even have the role as Apatow’s only Comedy Central sketch show collaboration: he’s producing a script Amy Schumer will write for herself to star in. 

As we wait for this God-approved collaboration to come to fruition, re-watching some of the best “Key & Peele” sketches will have to suffice. 

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